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Combined XI: Manchester United vs. Paris Saint-Germain

Ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League showdown between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from both squads. Manchester United host Paris Saint-Germain in a mouth-watering first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Tuesday night. The Red Devils have roared back to form under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has overseen 10 wins and a draw from his 11 matches at the helm so far. However, that unbeaten start will face its toughest test yet on Tuesday as the runaway Ligue 1 leaders PSG continue their bid to lift the Champions League for the first time. Here, Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI, using only players available for Tuesday’s match. Gianluigi Buffon will rightly go down as one of the greatest goa...

Next Manchester United boss ‘to be given £200m’

The next permanent manager of Manchester United will reportedly be provided with a budget of £200m to spend on new players. Manchester United have reportedly decided to hand a transfer budget of £200m to the club’s next permanent manager. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as caretaker boss for the rest of the campaign after Jose Mourinho was removed from his position in December, but the Norwegian did not add to the first-team squad during the January transfer window. However, according to The Sun, club officials have already made the decision to give the next full-time boss the opportunity to make wholesale changes to the team ahead of next season. United have been strongly linked with bringing in a new centre-back and forward, while a fresh face may need to be found at right-back ...

Manchester United to offload first-team trio this summer?

Defensive trio Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian will all leave Manchester United this summer, according to a report. Defensive trio Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian will all reportedly leave Manchester United at the end of the season. January proved to be a quiet month for United in the transfer market, although Marouane Fellaini left the Red Devils in the latter stages of the window for the Chinese Super League. Valencia – out of contract this summer – was linked with moves to both Fulham and Newcastle United, but reportedly turned down the chance to leave. The 33-year-old will depart United on a free transfer at the end of the season, according to the Manchester Evening News, while the Red Devils will also look to offload Darmian and Rojo. Darm...

Antonio Valencia ‘rejected moves to Fulham, Newcastle United’

Long-serving Manchester United ace Antonio Valencia reportedly rejected approaches from Fulham and Newcastle United to stay at Old Trafford until the end of the season. Antonio Valencia reportedly turned down the chance to leave Manchester United for one of Fulham or Newcastle United on deadline day. The 33-year-old has spent the past decade at Old Trafford but is nearing the end of his latest contract, which does not look like being extended by a further 12 months. Premier League pair Fulham and Newcastle had both been tracking Valencia but, according to The Sun, the winger-cum-defender rejected approaches from both clubs. United were supposedly happy for Ecuador international to move on as he has barely featured under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, only being used in the 2-0 win over...

Antonio Valencia to leave Manchester United next week?

Manchester United could allow club captain Antonio Valencia to leave the club before the end of the January transfer window, according to a report. Manchester United could reportedly allow club captain Antonio Valencia to leave the club before the end of the January transfer window, with Newcastle United and Fulham both keen. Valencia will see his contract with United expire at the end of the season and having fallen out of favour, was expected to leave on a free transfer in June. However, according to The Sun, United are prepared to allow Valencia to leave either on loan or on a free before this month’s transfer window closes, which has attracted the attention of Newcastle and Fulham. Valencia, who will turn 34 later this year, has made over 300 appearances for United since arriving...

How Manchester United could line up against Arsenal

Sports Mole looks at how Manchester United could line up for their FA Cup fourth-round tie against Arsenal. Manchester United head to Arsenal in round four of the FA Cup on Friday night aiming to maintain their winning run under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Red Devils have won seven games from seven since the Norwegian took over from Jose Mourinho last month, including a 2-0 victory over Reading in the third round. Next up for a rejuvenated United is a trip to the Emirates Stadium, as they come up against the only team to have won the competition more times than them. Here, Sports Mole looks at how Solskjaer may set out his side in North London. Out: Marouane Fellaini (calf), Marcos Rojo (knock), Chris Smalling (foot)Doubtful: Marcus Rashford (knee), Luke Shaw (illness) Solskjaer is unlikely ...

Manchester United, Chelsea keen on Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka?

Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly ready to join the race to sign Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka has reportedly emerged as a transfer target for Manchester United and Chelsea. Wan-Bissaka has established himself as one of the top prospects in English football, with the full-back having already made 28 starts for the Eagles in the Premier League. However, the form of the 21-year-old has led to interest in his signature and according to The Mirror, United and Chelsea are ready to fight Manchester City for the youngster. United are looking for a long-term replacement for Antonio Valencia, although Diogo Dalot has already been earmarked as the Ecuadorian’s successor. Chelsea are allegedly happy to part ways with Davide Zappa...

Manchester United ‘plotting three summer signings’

Manchester United reportedly decide on three areas in which they will require new players during the summer transfer window. Manchester United have reportedly already decided where they will look to strengthen during the summer transfer window. United currently find themselves six points adrift of the Champions League places in the Premier League table, while it is unclear who will manage the club ahead of next season. However, according to the Manchester Evening News, the North-West giants have identified the positions where they wish to buy new players during the summer. The report claims that a full-back will be brought in to accommodate the exit of Antonio Valencia, while a new centre-back will also arrive at Old Trafford. There is also a desire to add another striker to the first-team...

Preview: Cardiff City vs. Manchester United – prediction, team news lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday’s Premier League clash between Cardiff City and Manchester United, the latter of whom begin life after Jose Mourinho in South Wales. Manchester United‘s post-Jose Mourinho era begins in South Wales on Saturday afternoon when they take on relegation-threatened Cardiff City in the day’s late Premier League kickoff. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will begin his interim spell as Red Devils manager against the club he suffered relegation with during his only previous managerial stint in the English leagues. Cardiff © Reuters Not many column inches will be dedicated to Cardiff in the buildup to this match following the seismic events at Old Trafford this week, but that will suit the Bluebirds just fine. While the rest of the football world was digesting the ...

Preview: Manchester United vs. Fulham – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Saturday’s Premier League clash between Manchester United and Fulham. Manchester United head into Saturday’s Premier League encounter with Fulham having failed to record a win in their last four matches in the top flight. Claudio Ranieri has registered four points from three games since his arrival at Craven Cottage, but Fulham still remain bottom of the league standings. Manchester United © Reuters United have come from behind on three occasions in their last two Premier League matches to avoid defeat, but it has done little to lighten the mood at Old Trafford as the club continues to drop off the pace. Jose Mourinho‘s team are still just the eight points adrift of fourth position in the table, but t...

Preview: Southampton vs. Manchester United – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday’s Premier League clash between Southampton and Manchester United at St Mary’s, including predictions, team news and head-to-head records. Two managers in desperate need of a victory will face off on Saturday afternoon when Mark Hughes‘s Southampton welcome Jose Mourinho‘s Manchester United to St Mary’s. The hosts go into the match languishing in the relegation zone, while United are seventh in the table and already 14 points adrift of leaders Manchester City. Southampton © Reuters The bookmakers have Hughes as the favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post – marginally ahead of his opposite number this weekend – and while defeat to Manchester United may not seal his fate, it would surely edge him...

Manchester United team news: Predicted XI vs. Southampton

Sports Mole looks at how Manchester United could line up for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Southampton at St Mary’s. Manchester United will be looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League on Saturday evening when they take on Southampton at St Mary’s. The Red Devils are closer to the bottom of the table than they are to leaders Manchester City after 13 games of the campaign, having been held to a goalless draw at home to Crystal Palace last time out. However, Jose Mourinho will be hoping to harness the momentum from their late winner against Young Boys on Tuesday ahead of their trip to face the struggling Saints, who are winless in nine games. Here, Sports Mole looks at how United could line up for the match. Out: Victor Lindelof (groin), Marcos Rojo (kn...

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